New Ways of Seeing: Paranoia Agent

From Micah Vanderhoof, Theater Manager
Paranoia Agent

Director: Satoshi Kon, Japan 2004 – 13 episodes.
Available from Funimation studios (free with advertisements)

This limited run series from existential animation master Satoshi Kon follows two detectives investigating what appears to be a string of assaults committed by a boy on rollerblades with a golden bat. Providing a sophisticated critique of the human tendency to abstract away responsibility and complicity and an investigation into the nature of the aesthetics and ideology of commercialized chibi, Paranoia Agent is filled with the introspection and endless questions that is so central to Kon’s repertoire. 

Pairs well with Shannon Strucci’s Horror Theory: the Uncanny Valley